For Singers

Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

40 Years with A Prairie Home Companion

Kelsey Menehan | History, Performance, Singing

Over the July 4th holiday, A Prairie Home Companion celebrated 40 years on the radio. Philip Brunelle, who was on the very first show in 1974, reflects on his long and fruitful collaboration with the beloved public radio program. Read more

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Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Different Voice Types, Different Points of View

Lauren Rosenthal | Singing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing a vocal part other than your own? A playful series from Classical Minnesota Public Radio takes a look at the world from soprano, alto, tenor, and bass perspectives. Read more

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Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Events

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Pacific Edge Voices Auditions : August 10th 2015

Berkeley, CA

Pacific Edge Voices | Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

Wanted! Musically Omnivorous Singers interested in everything from Monteverdi to Meredith Monk   Pacific Mozart Ensemble has changed their name to Pacific Edge Voices     Read more

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Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Commonwealth Chorale -- Auditions for Experienced Choral Singers

Newton, MA

Marie Baroni Allen | Volunteer

Auditions for experienced volunteers in all voice parts. Read more

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Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Craig Jessop to conduct the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center, May 29, 2016

Washington, D.C.

John Wiscombe | Performance

Choirs are now being accepted to the 2016 National Memorial Day Choral Festival, taking place May 27-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The event culminates in two outstanding performances – the first, on Sunday, May 29, is a matinee concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and, the second, as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30. Read more

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Auditions for Harford Choral Society

Auditions for Harford Choral Society

401 Thomas Run Rd. Bel Air, MD 21015

HarfordChoral | Networking

The Harford Choral Society will be holding auditions for all voice parts. Read more

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AUDITIONS - Volunteer Singers, Sangre De Cristo Chorale

AUDITIONS - Volunteer Singers, Sangre De Cristo Chorale

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andrew Schmidt | Participation, Recruitment, Volunteer

Join the Sangre de Cristo Chorale for the 2015-2016 season! New Singers are invited to audition on August 24th at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Santa Fe. Please bring a short piece, preferably classical, and expect to do some sight singing and brief vocalizations. Read more

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Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Zero Brides for Seven Brothers

Seattle, WA

Flying House Pr... | Singing

Join Captain Smartypants on their take on brotherhood, featuring songs of the Doobie Brothers, Mills Brothers, the Osmonds and Jacksons, the brothers Grimm and Gibb, plus what it means to be a 'bro.' And a Brony. The Half Brothers will be doing a small set in the middle of their performances. Captain Smartypants is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco. Read more

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Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

Auditions for Bucks County Choral Society

New Britain, PA

Leland Felt | Participation, Singing, Volunteer

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GMChorale to Audition New Singers

GMChorale to Audition New Singers

Cheshire, CT

Marcia Bliven | Singing

GMChorale (Greater Middletown Chorale; www.gmchorale.org) is inviting experienced singers to audition with its Artistic Director, Joseph D'Eugenio, for their next concert season. Following the recent record-breaking attendance at their performances of Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem in collaboration with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the MHS Performing Arts Center, Director D’Eugenio, who has also been selected as Guest Conductor for CONCORA’s Summer Festival 2015 in July, will continue to focus on great choral masterworks, accompanied by the NHSO. Read more

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Chorus Auditions for Experienced Singers  - Cantata Singers' 2015-2016 Season

Chorus Auditions for Experienced Singers - Cantata Singers' 2015-2016 Season

Brookline, MA. Please call or email for location and appointment.

cantatasingers | Recruitment

Every Fall, Cantata Singers welcomes new members to add to our rosters... For the 2015-2016 season, we are looking for experienced singers to join our choral team at Cantata Singers.  Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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